What’s the Best 2 in 1 Exercise Bike/Cross Trainer?

I’d decided to improve my fitness and made the decision to buy some kind of fitness machine that I could use at home.

I knew (from having trained in various gyms) which kinds of machine I liked. I was more interested in aerobic machines to help my fitness, than in strength training, and it came down to treadmills, rowing machines, bikes and elliptical cross trainers.

My brother has a rowing machine, which I borrowed for a while. I liked it a lot but takes up quite a lot of space in use and, although it could be folded to stand up while not in use, it’s a bit of a hassle. What I did like was the fact that it’s not just an aerobic exercise machine – it also trains your arms and legs and back. (If you’re interested in Rowing Machines, however, here’s a similar page on them.)

Treadmills are useful for general fitness and the nearest thing to jogging, but, as my first or only machine, I personally find them a bit boring. I’ll consider adding one at a later date – if I can find the space! (For more info on Treadmills, click here.)

So it came down to bikes and cross trainers. I like cross trainers and, like rowers, they also help train arms and legs and most of the rest of the body as well as aerobic exercise. But I also like bikes and find them the easiest to force myself onto if I’m feeling a bit lazy, or a bit stiff.

So I plumped for both – an exercise bike/elliptical cross trainer combination machine. I did worry that doing so might mean compromising on both. Would I get a not-very-good bike and a not-very-good cross trainer, instead of a really good one-or-the-other? After all, the gyms I’d been to had both machines, not a combination one, so I hadn’t actually tried one.

I had therefore to rely on reviews, and read them and watched videos from all the sources I could find. The machines in my short list had good reviews, however, and didn’t seem to imply that they were lacking in either department. So in the end, I took the plunge and bought one.

Combination 2 in 1 Cross Trainer/Cycle Shortlist

The prices of bike/cross trainers varies quite a bit and I looked at models in the different ranges. I didn’t want to have to spend more than I needed to, but I didn’t want something where a lack of quality put me off using it. After all, this was supposed to save me paying the price of at least one year’s gym membership.

 

The cheapest option

Confidence 2 in 1 Elliptical Cross Trainer & Bike – [amazon_link asins=’B000QZ54MS’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’homegymgdeuk-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’35b9a4b9-1164-11e7-bcf2-afa4f132cdd4′]

For well under £100 you can buy this popular mosel from Confidence. User reviews are generally good with a few complaining about the quality., which is to be expected for the cheaper option.

There’s a 4 function computer showing Time, Distance, Calories and Speed, and a small dial for varying the resistance.

Looking at it, you only get the cross trainer handles and I decided that, when I use it as a bike, I want fixed bike handles as well. The boxed weight is only 14Kg, which is good for moving around but may not be as stable as a heavier one.

 

To Buy the Confidence 2 in 1 Elliptical Cross Trainer & Bike, click the button below

 


Mid-price option

V-Fit MCCT1 Combination 2-in-1 Magnetic Cycle and Elliptical Trainer – [amazon_link asins=’B002Y5XHXQ’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’homegymgdeuk-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’9a6775e6-1165-11e7-93a1-5123350f8596′]

For another £50, you get the separate bike handlebars, with an 8 step adjustable Resistance dial. There are two extra modes on the computer: Handgrip Pulse (Beats / Minute), and Scan. Although the maximum user weight is the same as the Confidence machine (at 110Kg), it looks a more substantial machine – boxed weight is more than double, at 36Kg.

Again, generally good user reviews with only the odd negative one.

 

To Buy the V-Fit Magnetic 2-in-1 Cycle Elliptical Trainer, click the button below

 

 

 


 

The overall best quality option

York Active 120 2-in-1 Cycle Cross Trainer – [amazon_link asins=’B00DDLVR5A’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’homegymgdeuk-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’95e62bad-1168-11e7-8f49-43dcef3812ff’]

The model I personally chose was the York Fitness XC530 but that model seems to be no longer available. However, the good news is that the current equivalent of that machine – the York Active 120 2-in-1 Cycle Cross Trainer – is even better!

Like the XC530, the Active 120 also by York Fitness, has pulse grip sensors for monitoring heart-rate and a substantial monitor, displaying pulse (obviously!), time, distance calories etc.

It is actually something of an upgrade from the previous model, with double the levels of magnetic resistance and 17 workout programmes.

Plus, of course, the quality expected from York Fitness equipment. Th Active 120 is obviously a good bit dearer than the V-Fit but it was the solidity, stability and quietness which persuaded me to pay the extra for the XC530 and why I would go for the Active 120 if I was buying one today.

If you think (as I did) in terms of what you could get for a year’s gym membership it’s still a good deal, with enough change to buy some more equipment!

To Buy the York Fitness Active 120 2 in 1 Cycle Cross Trainer, click the button below


Conclusion

I found that having a 2-in-1 exercise and cross trainer gave me a a great exercise option and I use both aspects frequently.

There’s a minor compromise as a bike in that the pedals aren’t really bike pedals but it’s a small sacrifice for the versatility obtained and the models shown above are good value for their price.

If you decide that, after all, you only want one or the other, click here for advice on exercise bikes, or here for advice on cross-trainers.